Professional development

Oregon Children’s Theatre is committed to providing free resources for teachers who wish to enhance their field trip experience or increase their knowledge of theater. Please see below for a calendar of upcoming professional development events.

Become an OCT Teacher Liaison!

OCT invites teachers interested in theater arts to join our network of teacher liaisons. OCT seeks to develop relationships with teachers interested in being an arts advocate at their school and offering input to OCT about our school program development. Liaisons receive special benefits, invitations to behind-the-scenes events, and more.

Teacher Liaison Benefits:

  • Preferential registration at workshops, staged readings, and author/playwright events
  • Free tickets to all teacher preview performances
  • Early field trip ordering opportunities
  • Posters and other OCT materials for classroom use

If you are interested in joining the OCT teacher liaison network, please email your name, school name, and email address to allison@octc.org.

Mark Your Calendars!

Date/Time Event Location Details
October 10, 2014: Time TBA Professional Development Intensive (part 1) OCT studios (1939 NE Sandy) Join OCT theater artists for an all-day professional development training just for teachers. Morning: writing and performing personal narrative pieces. Afternoon: using improv comedy in the classroom to build confidence and creativity. First of two sessions. PSU continuing education credit available.
October 24, 2014
5:45 Backstage Event
7pm Performance
Ivy & Bean Teacher Preview Newmark Theatre (1111 SW Broadway) Meet designers and go backstage with OCT’s technical director before previewing Ivy & Bean.
January 2015: Date and Time TBA Professional Development Intensive (part 2) OCT studios (1939 NE Sandy) Second session of personal narrative and improv comedy training. Attendance at October session required. PSU continuing education credit available.
January 16, 2015
5:45 Backstage Event
7pm Performance
Skippyjon Jones Teacher Preview Newmark Theatre (1111 SW Broadway) Meet designers and go backstage with OCT’s technical director before previewing Skippyjon Jones.
February 27, 2015, 7pm Timmy Failure Teacher Preview Winningstad Theatre (1111 SW Broadway) Timmy Failure performance. Backstage educator event TBD.
March 27, 2015, 7pm Schoolhouse Rock Teacher Preview Winningstad Theatre (1111 SW Broadway) Schoolhouse Rock performance. Backstage educator event TBD.
May 2015: Date and time TBA Annual Teacher Liaison roundtable discussion OCT studios (1939 NE Sandy) Join fellow teacher liaisons and OCT staff to discuss next school year's titles, curriculum connections, and brainstorm new ways OCT can help your school communities! Refreshments will be served. Teacher Liaisons only.
May 8, 2015
5:45 Backstage Event
7pm Performance
Ramona Quimby Teacher Preview Newmark Theatre (1111 SW Broadway) Meet designers and go backstage with OCT’s technical director before previewing Ramona Quimby.